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Chinese airlines threaten flight attendants with suspension for being overweight

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Hainan Airlines flight attendants weighing more than 10 percent over the carrier’s strict weight limit will be suspended with immediate effect, Chinese tabloid Global Times reported on Friday.

In early June, Hainan Airlines, China’s largest private airline, issued guidelines for image checks on cabin crew. They introduced strict rules regarding the weight of flight attendants. The biggest controversy was the provision which says that women weighing more than 10% of their “standard weight” will be “immediately suspended from flying to reduce weight”. According to the regulation, the standard weight of cabin crew is calculated using the formula: height in cm – 110 (i.e. for a height of 165 cm, the standard weight is 55 kg).

“Illegal and unreasonable” actions

In the case of exceeding the norm by 5-10 percent. women will be obliged to carry out a 30-day “self-weight loss”. Before the end of the period, they must appear at the employer in uniform to undergo a self-assessment, weigh-in and assessment in front of a three-person panel, according to local media, citing the carrier’s document. This is the first case of its kind in the Chinese aviation industry. According to the Chinese National Radio website, there are no explicit weight limits for cabin crew members in the industry standards. Lawyers speaking to the station said the airline’s actions were “illegal and unreasonable” and suggested that flight attendants could take appropriate action against their employer to protect their rights and interests because “these regulations and practices are suspected of discriminating against regardless of gender.”

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